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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Dec. 8, 1995, V3, #223
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Legislation Allows Couples Wider Choice of Last Name
The Knesset House Committee has prepared new legislation
intended to grant newlyweds more flexibility in choosing a last
name. Under the bill which will have its first reading next
week, recently married couples will be permitted to continue to use
their pre-marriage last name. In addition, couples will be able to
elect to adopt the female's last name.
Peres Holds Meeting with Mubarak
Prime Minister Shimon Peres met Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in
Cairo Thursday to discuss joint economic plans in the fields of
transportation, agriculture and tourism. The two leaders decided to
enhance bilateral cooperation, especially in the economic field.
Peres told Mubarak that he would appoint a Major General in the
IDF reserves to investigate the alleged murder of Egyptian POWs.
Peres met Wednesday with Jordan's King Hussein and promised to
raise the issue of military aid during the visit. Israel will
assist Jordan in the maintenance of combat jets that Amman is to
receive from the U.S. as part of its military aid package.
Peres sent a letter to U.S. President Bill Clinton asking him to
grant clemency to Jonathan Pollard, who was convicted of spying for
Israel. Pollard has already served 10 years of a life sentence.
Israel Beginning Next Round of Prisoner Release
Israel will release 1,000 Palestinian prisoners within the next
three weeks in accordance with the Interim Agreement. The release
is also subject to the condition set by late Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin that no prisoners with blood on their hands be eligible for
The ministerial committee on prisoners, Internal Security Minister
Moshe Shahal, Justice Minister David Libai and Environment Minister
Yossi Sarid, decided not to release female Palestinian prisoners
convicted of murder at this stage. In the coming days, security
authorities will prepare a list of prisoners to be released.
Palestinians residing in the self-rule areas will be permitted to
use a Palestinian passport at border crossings between Israel and
Arab countries, as well as at international airports. Previously,
Palestinians had to present special certificates at border
crossings or Israeli travel certificates when traveling abroad at
airports. The Palestinian Authority has already issued
approximately 40,000 passports to residents of the Gaza Strip and
Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat will request permission
from Peres today to build an elevated highway, estimated at $200
million, which will connect the Gaza Strip to Mount Hebron.
Sources in the Palestinian Authority said construction of the road
is a high priority because it will reduce friction in the passage
of Palestinians from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile,
Israel and the Palestinians have agreed on the opening of two safe
passage routes between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Palestinians will be able to travel for several hours every day
between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank under Israeli guard.
IDF Officer Attacked by Jewish Students at Tomb of Joseph
IDF Commander of Nablus Colonel N. had to leave the Tomb of Joseph
Tuesday after dozens of students from the Tomb of Joseph Yeshivah
surrounded him, and called him a "traitor" and a "murderer."
The incident began when the IDF officer arrived at the site
accompanied by Palestinian counterpart Hamid Shaid Nhage as part
of the transfer process between the two commanders. Deputy Defense
Minister Ori Orr said he would insist that the students who
attacked the IDF officer be tried in court. Samaria Regional
Council Chairman Ariyeh Ofri rejected the students' insults and
promised to act to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents.
Rabin Mourned During Ceremonies in Israel and New York
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Amnon Shahak bid an emotional farewell
to late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin during a state ceremony on
Mount Herzl in Jerusalem that marked the end of shloshim, the
30-day period of mourning.
In New York, the end of the mourning period was observed by a
special session of the U.N. General Assembly. Israel's Ambassador
to the U.N. Gad Yaacobi said Rabin was one of Israel's finest sons.
"The bullet that killed Yitzhak Rabin did not kill the peace. The
way to honor his memory is to continue in his path toward a new and
Leah Rabin will be joined by New York Mayor Rudolph Guliani today
when a portion of Second Avenue outside of Israel's New York
Consulate is renamed "Yitzhak Rabin Way."
On Sunday, Leah Rabin and Prime Minister Shimon Peres will
participate in a Madison Square Garden rally to express solidarity
with the government and people of Israel. Vice President Al Gore
will also participate in the rally, as well as actress Kathleen
Turner, and Israeli singers Dudu Fisher, David Broza and Aviv
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